24.09.2023 Featured Over 20 Zamfara Students Still Missing 48 Hours After Abduction

Published 24th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

Nigerians have taken to social media platforms to protest the recent abduction of scores of students from the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS), Zamfara State.

Between Friday and Sunday, many concerned Nigerians have used these platforms to express their worries, fears and sympathies on the incident.

On September 22, FIJ reported how terrorists broke into the higher institution of learning and kidnapped over 20 students.

During the abduction, men of the Nigerian army engaged the terrorists in a shootout and were able to rescue six female students. The terrorists were, however, still able to escape with many abductees.

READ MORE: JUST IN: Terrorists Attack Zamfara Varsity, Abduct Students

Reacting to the incident via their social media handles and profiles, Nigerians have urged law enforcement agents to promptly swing into action and rescue the girls. They have also resorted to making this appeal via #BringBackFugusGirls.

Flyer in circulation
Flyer in circulation

The call for an immediate rescue may not be unconnected to the fact that on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists abducted over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State.

The abducted schoolgirls were held against their will for years. This then led to many arguing that a swifter response on the part of the government could have led to a prompt rescue of the girls.

A similar incident happened on February 19, 2018, when Boko Haram again kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Borno State.

On February 26, 2021, terrorists abducted another set of 300 schoolgirls from a school in Jangebe, Zamfara State.

FIJ made several phone calls to Yezid Abubakar, police spokesperson in Zamfara State, for comments on the development on Friday, but they were not answered. The text message sent to him had also not been responded to at press time.

However, a report on Sunday quoted Abubakar saying, “Our men have been there since yesterday (Saturday), working on the rescue operation. Insha Allah, we will rescue all of them.”

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Published 24th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu


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